It is written:
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5:17)
Throughout the Old Testament, there are hundreds of prophecies were made which foretold in exact and great detail the coming Messiah. These prophecies find their fulfillment in Jesus Christ, the Messiah and Son of God. Indeed, throughout His ministry, Jesus and His Apostles pointed to prophecy and fulfillment as a major evidence of Jesus’ Divine authority and nature.
Luke 24:27-And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
Luke 24:44-Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”
John 1:45-Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
John 5:39-You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.
John 5:45-47-45 Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”
Acts 3:18-But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.
Acts 10:43-To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.”
Acts 17:2-3-Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ.”
How many prophecies of the Messiah are found in the Old Testament?
“In addition to the broad strokes portraying the Messiah as a reigning king and suffering servant, there are a host of more specific, detailed prophecies that relate to His coming. In regard to the number of Messianic prophecies, Santala wrote: “It is estimated that the Old Testament contains altogether some 456 prophecies concerning Christ. Of these 75 are to be found in the Pentateuch, 243 in the Prophets and 138 in the ‘Writings’ and Psalms” (1992, p. 149; cf. Free and Vos, 1992, p. 241).” (Kyle Butt, Behold! The Word Of God, 2316 (Kindle Edition); Montgomery, Alabama; Apologetics Press).
Many of these prophecies are found in the Pentateuch (the first five Books of the Old Testament), to which we will now turn our attention.